Minutes 09.09.04

Minutes 09.09.04


Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve Bargmann,  Robert BloodgoodAnita ClaytonGene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda WatsonBill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Nnaemeka Anyadike, Michael Richardson, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Curriculum Committee minutes from the 9/2/04 were amended to include a comment from Marcia Childress and Julie Connelly regarding the Humanism and the concept of the Healer's Art program.   Added comment:   "Although both Julie and Marcia felt that, although welcoming the opportunity, a "formal proposal" would not be possible in this time frame as the HIM review has yet to be completed."

  2. Medical Student Duty Hours.  The Curriculum Committee discussed LCME standard
    ED-38 and approved a policy regarding medical student duty hours on clinical services.

    "Medical students rotating on clinical services (clerkships, selectives and electives) should be subject to the same principles that govern the 80-hour work week for residents.  Clerkship directors are responsible for monitoring and ensuring that duty hours are adjusted as necessary."

    ED-38  The committee should give careful attention to the impact on students of the amount of work required, including the frequency of examinations and their scheduling.

    In addition to monitoring the amount of classroom time and examination frequency, attention should be paid to the hours that medical students work during the clinical years and the educational value of their clinical activities. Student duty hours should be set taking into account the effects of fatigue and sleep deprivation on learning and patient care. In general, medical students should not be required to work longer hours than residents.

  3. Teaching Award Recipients.  Congratulations were extended to recent Curriculum Committee award recipients, Reid Adams, Chris Peterson and Brian Wispelwey.

  4. Cells to Society: A Curriculum for Modern Medicine.  The Committee discussed at length the curriculum document, which will be distributed in total or in part to faculty, students and other interested parties.   Members of the Committee offered suggestions for additional inclusions to the document and ways to enhance clarification of the document.  These suggestions will be taken into consideration when the final draft is prepared.

    It was suggested that the 3 day introductory program formerly called "Cells to Society" be renamed to "Cells to Society: An Introduction" since the medical school curriculum in it's entirety is now referred to as "Cells to Society."

  5. Major Diseases of Our Time.   The Clinical Medicine Committee expressed some reservations about this program at their last meeting.  Their reservations centered on whether this would be valuable to students preparing for the USMLE-1 exam since most topics will have been covered during PoM2 in the year preceding the program. Concerns were also expressed about the amount of faculty time required to develop the program.  Still, a review/overview focused on major diseases might be valuable to many students and might increase USMLE-1 scores. The concept may be tested with a 2-day pilot program. Further discussion is needed.

Donald Innes/dmr